Applying Keywords Using the Lift & Stamp HUD

If you have images that should share the same keywords, you can use the Lift and Stamp tools to quickly apply all or some of the keywords from one image to other images. Using the Lift and Stamp tools is an efficient way to apply keywords and other types of metadata, such as ratings, to large numbers of images. The Lift and Stamp tools can also apply adjustments made to images, such as cropping, straightening, exposure changes, and other adjustments. For more information about using the Lift and Stamp tools to apply adjustments, see Applying Adjustments to a Group of Images.

The Lift and Stamp tools have a corresponding HUD you can use to view and remove items you’ve lifted (copied) from one image before you stamp (paste) them onto another image.

To lift all the keywords from an image and stamp them onto another image or group of images
  1. Select an image.

  2. Select the Lift tool (or press O).

    Figure. Lift and Stamp tools in the tool strip.

    The Lift & Stamp HUD appears.

    Figure. Lift & Stamp HUD showing information for the selected image.

    All the image’s metadata, such as applied adjustments, rating, and keywords, appears in the Lift & Stamp HUD.

  3. Deselect all checkboxes except for Keywords, or select items in the HUD and press Delete to remove them.

    Figure. Lift & Stamp HUD showing the Keywords checkbox selected.
  4. To apply the keywords from the Lift & Stamp HUD, do one of the following:

    • Use the Stamp tool to select the images to which you want to assign the keywords.

      Note: The Stamp tool is automatically selected by default.

    • Use the Selection tool to select a group of images in the Browser, and then click the Stamp Selected Images button in the Lift & Stamp HUD.

The keywords from the first image are applied to all of the images you stamped them on.

In many cases, you do not want to copy all keywords from one image and paste them onto another. For this reason, you can select specific keywords that apply to the image you want to stamp them on.

To stamp a reduced selection of keywords onto an image
  1. Select an image.

  2. Select the Lift tool (or press O).

    The Lift & Stamp HUD appears.

  3. In the Lift & Stamp HUD, deselect all image information checkboxes except for Keywords.

  4. Click the Keywords disclosure triangle to reveal the keywords from the selected image.

  5. Remove any keywords you don’t want to stamp onto an image or group of images by selecting each unwanted keyword in the list and pressing the Delete key.

    Figure. Lift & Stamp HUD showing keywords selected for deletion.
  6. Select the image to which you want to apply the keywords.

The reduced selection of keywords is applied to the selected image.

You can quickly lift and stamp the keywords and all other metadata and adjustments from one image to another using keyboard shortcuts.

To quickly lift and stamp image metadata and adjustments
  1. Select an image, then press Command-Shift-C to lift the metadata from the image.

  2. Select an image or group of images, then press Command-Shift-V to stamp the metadata onto the selected images.

You can also lift RAW Fine Tuning parameter values from one RAW image and stamp them onto another. RAW Fine Tuning adjustments are included in lift and stamp operations by default. If you don’t want to lift and stamp RAW Fine Tuning adjustments, you must deselect them in the Lift & Stamp HUD. For more information about lifting and stamping adjustments, see Applying Adjustments to a Group of Images. For more information about the RAW Fine Tuning adjustments, see Working with the RAW Fine Tuning Controls.

Figure. Lift & Stamp HUD showing the RAW Fine Tuning checkbox unselected.

Alternatively, you can use the Lift & Stamp HUD to lift and stamp metadata only.

To exclude everything but metadata from lift and stamp operations
  1. Select the image with the metadata or keywords you want to copy.

  2. Choose Metadata > Lift Metadata.

    The Lift & Stamp HUD appears, showing the metadata and keyword information only.

  3. Select an image or group of images, then click the Stamp Selected Images button.

    Only the selected metadata and keywords are applied to the image selection.